Last week, the Smoking Gun reported on military files revealing that iconic actress Bea Arthur was a truck-driving member of the US Marine Corps in World War II.
DECEMBER 9–While she strangely denied serving in the armed forces, military records show that the actress Bea Arthur spent 30 months in the Marine Corps, where she was one of the first members of the Women’s Reserve and spent time as a typist and a truck driver.
The “Maude” and “The Golden Girls” star, who died last year at age 86, enlisted in early-1943 when she was 21 (and known as Bernice Frankel). In a February 1943 letter included in her Marine personnel file, Arthur gave military officials a brief account of her prior employment as a food analyst at a Maryland packing plant, a hospital lab technician, and an office worker at a New York loan company.
This news resulted in an off-line exchange of emails among some of GayPatriot’s readers and Dan & I. Of course, whenever I think of Bea Arthur — I fondly recall the Golden Girls during my college years. (Yeah, I had no life and was watching TV on Saturday nights; what of it?)
And whenever I think of the Golden Girls — this memorable scene is at the top of my laugh list. It is a great piece of writing, acting, timing and portrayal of Dorothy, Sofia and Blanche. Hoping they continue to rest in peace….